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My Interview about DC on Krrb

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A few weeks ago I had a great interview on Krrb, "Locals Share What Gives Washington DC Its Distinct Flavor"
Check out my responses in the article or below!
 

If you had to explain the vibe of DC in one sentence to an outsider, what would it be?
LR: A city of young, passionate, type-A’s who work hard and brunch harder.


We know certain foods are synonymous with different cities. What foods or recipes would you say best represent DC?
LR: While most would probably say a half smoke, I think great crab dip or Hank’s Oysters and a fresh orange crush by the waterfront rep DC pretty well.
 

And what local restaurants do you frequent?
LR: A little bit of everything. Thip Khao for amazing Loation food in Columbia Heights.Maketto for the best bao buns and coffee on H Street. Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill for the obvious reasons. (Quit complaining about the line and hire a Taskrabbit to get your food.) The Red Hen to feel like you’re getting a home-cooked meal in Bloomingdale. Fiola Mare in Georgetown for the freshest seafood tower. DC really has it all. You just can’t get stuck in the Founding Farmers and Old Ebbitt Grill tourist traps. Explore the city and try new places.


Which music style would you say best represents Washington DC?
LR: I think was makes this city so great is the cultural and regional influences. To narrow it down, I feel as though the music scene that comes into 9:30 Club sums up the mixed bag that DC caters to. Just this past year they’ve had the range of Beach House, Years & Years, Shakey Graves, to Pusha T, and DC favorite White Ford Bronco.


Are you fans of any local bands or musicians?
LR: I was actually just introduced to music by Aaron Estes of Black Hills not too long ago. I love a good synth album now and then for summer rooftop relaxing and his song, “Glass” sets the scene perfectly. I’m also a big fan of folk and bluegrass and try to make it to theKingman Island Festival in DC every year. It’s a great way to hear more local talent, even if it’s just a random group sitting in a circle jamming.


If you had to describe one design style or local designer as best representing DC, what or who would it be?
LR: Traditional and predictable. Not in the worst way but I’m always reminded of how vanilla DC’s style is when I go up to NYC and see the variety.
 

Which stores or shopping destinations would you say summarize the fashion/style of DC locals?
LR: J.Crew is the first that comes to mind. It’s a great one-stop shop for suits and office attire and also a fun sundress for the weekend. I also love Tuckernuck for both men and women’s clothing and accessories. It’s preppy, it’s professional, it’s very DC. It can be a challenging place to find inexpensive antiques and flea market finds in the city. When I want to go on a “hunt” I head straight for Loudon County, Virginia to my all-time favorite,The Old Lucketts Store. You can find everything from deer antlers to crystal decanters to a clawfoot bathtub. I highly recommend taking the trip in fall when they sell pumpkins and spiked apple cider next door.
 

And lastly, where do locals gather to hangout and enjoy the best of DC?
LR: You can usually find my girlfriends and I on 14th Street enjoying a glass (or four) of rosé or an Aperol Spritz at Pearl Dive. Sunday brunch at Le Diplomat is always a must. And I can’t get enough of the burrata and burgers at Duke’s Grocery. Extra truffle oil please.

Thanks again for the interview Krrb! 
Remember to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram for more DC ideas. 

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Savoring Summer with RIS Popsicle Brunch

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Frank Ocean wasn't kidding when he recently sang "Summer's not at long as it used to be" on his new album Blonde (which you should 100% buy now.) Luckily, DC hot spots like RIS, in Foggy Bottom, are keeping it alive with their bottomless Popsicle Mimosa Brunch. 

With a watermelon mint and orange ginger pineapple, the Popsicle Mimosas flavors did not disappoint. Bonus: bottomless is only $20. 

In addition to our mimosas, we indulged in a charcuterie and cheese board that did not disappoint. Helllllo Amish eggs. 

For something sweet, we couldn't refuse the gooey cinnamon roll topped with powdered sugar and mint. 

Our favorites were definitely the salmon poke and the ceviche margarita, which I can't recommend enough. Lime marinated scallops with chillies, orange, avocado, topped with tequila ice, it's like this dish was made for me. I'll need to return ASAP to feed the cravings I'm already having for this dish. 

Overall, the brunch at RIS was fantastic, with or without the Popsicle Mimosas (but please keep this tradition around RIS, we need at least another 4 months of summer!) 
Make sure to make your reservation at RIS soon for this amazing brunch! 
RIS is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood at 2275 L Street NW.  

Photography: Libby Rasmussen

Sunflower Sundays

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For my readers in the DC area you still have time to see these beauties at the Mckee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland.  Just up the path (about a mile past the field of dead sunflowers) there's still a field blooming sunflowers.  Aren't they amazing? Even though we went on what felt like the hottest afternoon this summer, it was well worth the sweat and sunburn. 

Special thanks to my talented friend Jonathon Weller for these amazing photos and for remembering to set a calendar reminder to see the flowers a year after we missed them last July! 

Photographer: Jonathon Weller

Best Bites in DC By Neighborhood

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Hands down the #1 question I get asked by friends or visitors in DC is, where are the best places to eat? So here it is, the master list of my favorite DC dining spots by neighborhood. 

 

Adams Morgan

Bourbon
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Mintwood Place


Bloomingdale

Boundary Stone
Crisp Kitchen + Bar
The Pub & The People
Red Hen

Capitol Hill

Ambar
Betsy
Hanks on the Hill
Pineapple & Pearls
Roses Luxury
Sona Creamery & Wine Bar


Chinatown/Mt. Vernon

Daikaya
Honeysuckle
Kinship
Rasika
Silo


Columbia Heights

Bad Saint
El Chucho
Kangaroo Boxing Club
The Coupe
Thip Khao


DuPont

Duke’s Grocery
Komi
Little Serow
Marri Vanna
The Riggsby

H Street

Boundary Road
Dangerously Delicious Pies
Copycat Co
Maketto
Toki Underground
Sally’s Middle Name


Georgetown

Blue Duck Tavern
Chaia
Bourbon Steak
Chez Billy Sud
Fiola Mare


Logan Circle/14th Street

Barcelona
Compass Rose
Doi Moi
Estadio
Le Diplomate
Pearl Dive
Sotto


Navy Yard

Bluejacket
Due South
Justin’s Cafe
Osteria Morini


Petworth

Alfies
Chez Billy
Red Derby


Shaw

Convivial
Eat The Rich
Table
The Dabney
SUNdeVich


Dying to Try

All Purpose
Columbia Room
Drift on 7th
Metier
Tail Up Goat
Whaley’s


Where are your favorite DC spots? If you're ever stuck on where to go, make sure to check out China Riddle's Instagram and articles for The Hungry Lobbyist and Eater DC

Image via @chinareariddle

Kate Spade Floral Arranging with Urban Stems - Get $15 Off Your First Bouquet

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Last night, Kate Spade Georgetown was gracious enough to host a floral arranging event with Urban Stems and we had the best time.  There's really nothing better than shopping for new earrings (we picked up a new pair of our favorite studs) while sipping champagne and admiring the new Spring Collection.  Make sure to check out our favorites at the bottom of this post! 
Better yet, Urban Stems, our favorite DC and NYC floral delivery service, was there to show us how to make the perfect spring arrangements.  Here's how mine turned out.

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Urban Stems brought tons of great flowers for the arrangements.  This one included some anemones, yellow and pink ranunculus, some stock, and garden roses. Everyone's bouquets looked fabulous and unique.  Here's a snap of my hands (middle left) working on my bouquet, courtesy of DC photographer, Taylor Kampa Olson.

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If you haven't yet, make sure you check out Urban Stems for your next "thank you" or "just because" flower bouquet.  They are incredibly reliable and I've loved the bouquets I've been sent in the past (see here and here). One of my favorite things about Urban Stems is they send you a confirmation photo and email of the arrangement in front of the delivery address. Such a cool touch and a great way to ensure that the recipient got their flowers safely!  

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Make sure to use the code: HAPPY6403 for $15 off your next bouquet! 
I'm in love with The Jade arrangement pictured above. 

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A big thanks to the gals at Kate Spade Georgetown as well. The store looked adorable as always. Now check out my favorites from the store!

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How to: Hanami AKA Picnic Beneath the Cherry Blossoms

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Today we read that the cherry blossoms here in Washington DC are very close to their peak and we can't think of a better idea than to plan for a picnic at the Tidal Basin.  So grab your girlfriends, some snacks & rosé and enjoy spring!

Fun fact: Hanami means "cherry blossom viewing" or enjoying the blossoms, in Japanese. 

Gold Pineapple Paper Plates 
Blue Marbled Paper Plates and Cups 
Gold Foil Straws 
Kate Spade Grass Blanket 
Picnic Basket

Target Gold Plastic Flatware 
Goddess Garden Sunscreen
 Fruit Party Picks 
Kate Spade Floral Picnic Blanket 
Buzzed Cocktail Napkins 

We're loving all of the great home decor items that Tuckernuck has right now! The cups, plates, and embroidered buzzed! napkin were a fun find as well.   

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White Girl Rosé  Lobster Roll Recipe Cherry Blossom Georgetown Cupcakes 
Fruit Salad Cheese and Crackers San Pellegrino

Toucan Hats Fedora 
Persifor Bluebird Dress
Persifor Tilly Pants
Gretchen Scott Turquoise Cashmere Scarf

Blaque Label Full Print Skirt 
Southern Proper Striped Caroline Flats 
Finders Keepers Stripe Playsuit 
Mar y Sol Crocheted Clutch 
KREWE du optic Toroise Sunglasses

Tuckernuck's Spring Lifestyle Guide Launched this week and is full of fab spring and summer pieces.  This Full Print Floral Skirt is on my wishlist. Check out the dress too!  

Now, sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Tidal Basin! One note: while picnics take a little more effort to plan, it becomes easy when everyone brings 2-3 items, and even better, it's typically cheaper than brunch! Tip: To avoid the crowds, here are some other great spots in DC to enjoy the blossoms. 

Happy Spring! 

PS - If you're as obsessed as I am about Tuckernuck, be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

  

Lastly, can we talk about how amazing this Instagram is? Make sure to check out more of @someguy's amazing DC photography!

Fantastic sunrise this morning at peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms 🌸👌 #igdc

A photo posted by Andy Feliciotti 🔥 (@someguy) on